Kids have all sorts of big feelings. They may feel sad, nervous, or frustrated, just to name a few feelings. And they may have trouble calming down. Sesame Street to the rescue, once again!
Through videos with some our favorite Sesame Street characters, the Muppets are here to offer some pretty fabulous kid-appropriate calming techniques.
‘Belly Breathing’ with Rosita
Rosita knows what kids are going through right now — because she also gets frustrated when she can’t go to the park with Elmo! To help her calm down, she practices ‘belly breathing.’
In the Sesame Street video she teaches kids how to calm down by focusing on their breathing. She encourages kids to put a hand on their belly, breathe in through their nose, and breathe out through their mouth.
When I showed my kids the video, they copied her every move. They loved watching one of their favorite Sesame Street characters teach them how to catch their breath and calm down. And I know we’ll be using this ‘belly breathing’ technique in the future! (This calming technique with Rosita originally aired during the CNN and Sesame Street Town Hall “The ABC’s of Covid-19.”)
Monster Meditations with Cookie Monster
Sesame Street also launched a series of ‘Monster Meditations’ in partnership with Headspace. The concept is fabulous. Headspace is a company focused on helping people with mindfulness and meditation. By featuring our favorite furry monsters from Sesame Street, they’re able to teach little ones how to meditate in a way that’s kid friendly and accessible.
The first video was with Cookie Monster, who, let’s be honest, can get super excited when he knows he’s about to get some cookies! To help him calm down, he does a Monster Meditation focused on using his senses. But what happens when he uses his senses to smell cookies in the oven? He gets super excited again! To help him relax, he does what Rosita does: belly breathing.
Belly breathing truly is an amazing technique that helps kids slow down and calm down.
In addition to these fabulous calming techniques for kids, Sesame Street recently created a wealth of new resources that kids are loving right now. There’s virtual play dates with Elmo, snack chats with Cookie Monster, and phone calls with their favorite Sesame Street muppets. Bonus: you can even read 100 Sesame Street books for free!
Will you be trying Rosita’s belly breathing technique with your kiddos?
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